Former team India captain, Ajit Wadekar who led the side to wins in WI and England, passed away at the age of 77 after a prolonged illness in Mumbai on Thursday.

Wadekar was brought to a hospital in Mumbai where the doctors declared him dead on arrival. He is survived by his wife Rehka, two sons and a daughter.

The last rites will be performed today, a member of the family told the media.

“He had been critically unwell for some time and was seeking treatment for the same,” read the statement from the Jaslok Hospital.

Wadekar appeared in 37 tests and 2 ODIs for India and led the side to wins West Indies and England in 1971. He scored 2113 runs in his test career. He was also the first player to captain India in the ODIs.

He retired from international cricket in 1974 and later served as India’s manager in the 90s during Mohammed Azharuddin’s captaincy.

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